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Max Fried exits game after line drive to knee (UPDATED)

The Braves are trailing the Nationals 3-0.

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Max Fried left Wednesday’s start with one out in the fifth inning after taking a line drive to the back of his knee off the bat of Nelson Cruz. Team trainer George Poulis and manager Brian Snitker came out to check on Fried who took some warm up pitches and stayed in the game. After allowing back-to-back singles to Josh Bell and Maikel Franco, Fried would exit with Poulis and was replaced by Colin McHugh.

Fried allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk anyone while throwing 78 pitches.

UPDATE - Fried said after the game that he was fine and expects to make his next start. Said the ball struck him in his hamstring and that it tightened up as he continued to pitch.

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